Dr. C. Scott Harrison has become chairman and chief executive officer of Timonium-based Kirschner Medical Corp.
Harrison, 52, has been a member of the company's board since January 1989. The former chairman, Kirby L. Cramer, becomes chairman of the executive committee of the board. The former chief executive officer, Bruce Hegstad, is to continue to serve as president.
Kirschner, which develops, manufactures and markets orthopedic instruments and implants, has been seeking a new chairman for about a year, Hegstad said.
Harrison, he said, was chosen for his "very strong professional background as well as a very solid development background."
Harrison was a founding partner and board member of Rehab Hospital Service Corp., a Harrisburg, Pa.-based chain of private rehabilitation hospitals.
He has been president of Orthopedic Surgeons Ltd. of Harrisburg, a multiservice orthopedic group, as well as a clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the Pennsylvania State University Medical Center and chief of orthopedic surgery at Harrisburg Hospital. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Scoliosis Research Society. He is to devote his full time to Kirschner.
Harrison has worked to develop specialized orthopedic implants and has experience in reconstructive and spinal surgery. As a consultant in the Third World and a former trauma surgeon in the Vietnam war, he brings an international perspective to Kirschner.
"His contacts will foster our business relations . . . worldwide," Hegstad said.
In 1991, Hegstad said, the company's mission will be to "get back into a growth mode and go about our main business, which is orthopedics."
Kirschner plans to continue its orthopedic product development and Harrison's appointment, Hegstad said, will allow the company "to move that forward faster."
Saying it wanted to concentrate on its core business, Kirschner earlier this month announced the completion of the sale of its Chick Medical Products Division in Greenwood, S.C., to CSS Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Midmark Corp. of Versailles, Ohio. The Chick division manufactures surgical tables and lights for operating rooms.